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“Go Set A Watchman” Refund

Newsweek article reveals that Go Set a Watchman buyers get a refund at a Michigan bookstore. How absurd is that! According to Brilliant Books in Traverse City MI, refund is good for readers who pre-ordered the book based on the deceptive marketing and were misled as to what the book would be. Kudos to the indie bookstore owner. But serious readers should know that this book was a rejected manuscript and was published under very dubious circumstances. In light of this, those readers don’t deserve the refund. The publisher and this lawyer Tonja Carter should be held accountable for exploiting the readers.

4 Responses

  1. I actually have a lot of respect for the bookstore owner who is offering the refunds. I like that he is making a statement about the way the book was marketed. I consider myself a serious reader, but even I didn’t realize it was a rejected manuscript until just before the publication date. So, you can’t fault the average reader who took the name Harper Lee and association with To Kill a Mockingbird at face value.

    • You make a great point. Until the whole controversy went viral just about a week before the publication, I had my expectation up for the book. But of course, the exposure of the dubious circumstances under which the book is published turned the tide for me. I popped in my local indie and they don’t feature the new book in the most visible location in the store. After all, it’s the reader’s decision whether to take up the book or not. But, again, kudos to this bookseller.

  2. Yes, I chose not to purchase it or read it. To Kill A Mockingbird was enough for me from this author and brilliant it was. I need nothing else.

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